Palm Sunday and Holy Week 2013

It’s the biggest week of the year, Holy Week. Offer up time to Christ and follow the sacrifice of the Eucharist, death on the cross, and Resurrection from the dead. This week’s bulletin can be found at: Bulletin-2013-03-24.pdf

Holy Week

Monday, Mar 25 – Mass, 12:05p
Tuesday, Mar 26 – Chrism Mass, 5:30p at Holy Family Cathedral
Wednesday, Mar 27 – Mass, 9:30p, followed by a student reflection
Holy Thursday – Mar 28 – Mass, 5:15p
Good Friday – Mar 29 – Living Stations on the U, 12:05p; Good Friday Liturgy, 3p; Meager Meatless Meal, 5:30p, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ screening, 8p
Holy Saturday – Mar 30 – Tenebrae, 5:30a; Mary and Martha women’s service day, after Tenebrae; Confession, 8:45-9:45p; Easter Vigil Mass and Party, 10p
Easter Sunday – Mar 31 – morning Mass, 11a; evening Mass, 8p

4th Sunday of Lent

It’s the last week before spring break, the beginning of the Papal Conclave, and the fourth week of Lent. Let’s make it a good one! This week’s bulletin: Bulletin-2013-03-10.pdf

Habemus Papam party

Here’s how this will work:

1. Go to and sign up to get a text message or email when the white smoke appears.

2. As soon as you hear that white smoke appears and we have a pope, come over the the Newman Center.

3. Gather ’round the Newman game room TV with snacks for the announcement of the new Shepherd of the Catholic Church!

Papal Prediction Raffle

Pick the next Pope! It’s $3 for one pick, $5 for two picks, and $1 for each additional pick beyond two picks. Whoever picks the winning Cardinal will be entered into a raffle for 50% of the money. The other 50% will go to the Spring Break Service Trip (this is part of why the trip is free for students). The “Pick a Pope” cards are available now and until the new Pope is elected. Turn in your card(s) and money to Chelsea at the front office. The raffle will be held the day after the Pope is elected and the winner will be contacted by email. Questions? Email

Sidewalk Counseling for Life

A Newman alum is leading a local sidewalk counseling ministry for families who are considering abortion. The new ministry is looking for volunteers to talk to women directly and/or pray at the abortion clinic. More help is greatly needed. You don’t need any experience in this type of ministry to get involved, and you can try it before committing to a time shift. Finally, prayers are always great, both for the families and the sidewalk counselors. For more info, contact, 918-812-8597.


Next week’s Gospel reading (John 8:1-11):

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Fireside with Deacon Kenny Longbrake

Our community was blessed to host an evening of casual personal and spiritual conversation with Deacon Kenny Longbrake on Thursday, February 28. Deacon Longbrake, who serves at the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in Cushing, Okla., and as a prison minister, shared his personal testimony as a convert to Catholicism and the particular role of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son painting, the same piece of art that is featured prominently in our chapel. Listen to the audio recording of the evening.



The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

“A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,
‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’
So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything,
a severe famine struck that country,
and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens
who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed,
but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought,
‘How many of my father’s hired workers
have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him,
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’
So he got up and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.’
But his father ordered his servants,
‘Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him;
put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.’
Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house,
he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him,
‘Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf
because he has him back safe and sound.’
He became angry,
and when he refused to enter the house,
his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply,
‘Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns
who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’
He said to him,
‘My son, you are here with me always;
everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.’”